RR Movies: US Presidents

Well, the first debate has happened, so the race is definitely on. Let’s get this out of the way now: US Presidents.

There have been plenty of ’em, both real and fictional, with a President in both serious and comedy roles (Jack Nicholson in Mars Attacks! comes to mind) but I’ll suggest Anthony Hopkins’ turn as Nixon, in all his sweaty, paranoid deviousness.

What presidential films would you recommend?

Earworms 26 September 2016

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Another fine selection for you this week, so good we have an extra one because I couldn’t resist the chance to start and end with Jeff Beck. Thanks to all contributors, and please keep sending your worms to earworm@tincanland.com.

Jeff Beck: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – abahachi: The coincidence of arranging to start guitar lessons again after a couple of years and listening to a lot of Charles Mingus records reminded me that I’d never got round to listening to Beck’s version of this classic. Often denigrated by hardline jazzers for not playing the original changes properly – but the same could sometimes be said of Lester Young, the dedicatee of the original…

The Dovers – The Third Eye – CaroleBristol: I am reading the book 1966 by Jon Savage at the moment. In it he discusses a record I’d never heard of before, by a band I’d never heard of before, either. It is called The Third Eye by The Dovers and is a piece of early psychedelia that tries to evoke the effects of mind-expanding substances.

King Creosote – You Just Want – glassarfemptee: Blimpy turned me on to King Creosote and the whole menagerie from the Kingdom of Fife. The Fence Collective legacy lives on, and Kenny Anderson’s latest is a cracker. I can’t stop listening to this track, it’s so wonderful. I ration myself to one listen a day, so I don’t get tired of it.

Sexwitch – Kassidat El Hakka – severin: Sexwitch is a collaboration between Natasha Khan – she of Bat For Lashes – and British rock band Toy. Last year they released an album of cover versions – covers of folk and psychedelic rock songs from Iran, Morocco, Thailand and the USA. I only know any of this btw because Beth recommended them on The Spill last year. Anyway, it is IMHO utterly wonderful and this is the longest and, I think, best track. A Moroccan song, since you ask, but lyrically and musically stripped down to essentials. Hypnotic stuff. When I die, I’ll go back to where I was.

Priyam Mallick – Sundari Kamola – Ravi Raman: Priyam Mallick is a young modern folk singer from Kolkata and is a very new singer to me though I’ve heard this Bengali folk song sung by somebody else. (Charming Kamala dances merrily. With anklets on her feet, Kamala is a jingling melody). Just a tuneful ditty reworked beautifully here.

Third World – Freedom Song – goneforeign: Recorded in Kingston in the mid 70’s on Island records right after the emergence of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Third World were also reggae pioneers.

Jeff Beck – Scared for the Children – tincanman: He’s imaginative, experimental to the point of unevenness (as should be), and the best of his cohort. And has the humility to make bandmates feel THEY are doing HIM the favour. Here he is from his latest, Hailer, with hard-nosed Londoners Carmen Vandenberg (guitar) and Rosie Bones from their band Bones.

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RR Movies: Kindness

What with aid convoys and soldiers being equally bombable and refugees being compared to cheap, disposable sweets (as well as the usual, everyday cruelties that seem to be getting increasingly heartless), I’m asking for some kindness this week.

Maybe we look to films for excitement and challenges, so there aren’t too many that have kindness at their core? I’ll suggest The Sessions, based on a true story, in which a professional kindness is also a personal one.

What kind of kind film would you recommend?


Earworms 19 September 2016

Well here’s a thing.  This week American artist Jackie Paladino has sent us a link to a new song she recorded with Grammy winning producer Tyrone Corbett in New Jersey. She now lives in Brooklyn and is working on her next single.  She earned an arts scholarship to NYU and struggled to find a balance between the long college days, writing music and working overtime to pay for school. This journey is what led to the inspiration and recording of “Daddy’s Money“. And here it is, see what you think: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/09/jackie-paladino-shares-a-video-with-a-heavy-message-daddys-money.html

Meanwhile, many thanks for all the worms and please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

A.C.Marias – The Whispered Year – glassarfemptee: A.C. Marias was a short lived ’80s project comprising Bruce Gilbert and Angela Conway. This hypnotic track is a cross between Twin Peaks and Pink Floyd ‘Echoes’ – don’t be put off by the slow intro. My guess is I only have the track in my iTunes because one of the more eclectic RR folk dropped it in a box. Blame them.

Abida Parveen – Chaap Tilak – Ravi Raman: Abida Parveen is an eminent Pakistani singer often dubbed as the Sufi Queen of music. Here she sings the 14th century poem by renowned Sufi poet Amir Khusro. Hugely popular in the sub-continent and still gets regular airplay as well as being performed regularly.

Bat For Lashes – If I Knew – severin: From her recently released album The Bride. A delicate ethereal thing – but enough of me, this song is quite beautiful.

Jefferson Airplane – Fat Angel – CaroleBristol: For some reason, the line ‘Fly Translove Airways, get you there on time’ popped into my head and lodged itself, and I kept on finding myself singing the tune without realising it. It is of course Jefferson Airplane from their 1968 live album Bless Its Pointed Little Head. The song is Fat Angel, originally written by Donovan and featured on his Sunshine Superman album.

Drive-By Truckers – Baggage – tincanman: American Band, due out Sept 30, tears a strip off America for its gun violence and social injustice (sneak preview with three tracks HERE). Baggage is an outlier on the album: Patterson Hood tries to reframe Robin Williams’ suicide in terms of his own depression.

Tom Rush – The Circle Game – goneforeign: Here’s a variation on Joni’s version, it was popular in the ’60’s.

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RR Forgotten Follow-Ups


I wasn’t very happy with the sub-ed. changes made to my recent RR column (https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/sep/15/readers-recommend-playlist-the-forgotten-follow-ups)  I did get a nice email from Matthew apologising for some of it, and explaining the rest. (We’ve completely hooked him now, haven’t we?)


So I figured the simplest thing to do would be to post what I wrote here. Unsurprisingly, I think it’s sharper; less flabby because it doesn’t waste time laying everything out on a plate, which Matt believes he has to do for the benefit of new or casual readers. I also particularly wanted to re-instate my third paragraph. So here it is …

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This flower is an orchid, there’s a commonly held view that growing orchids is difficult and best left to horticultural OCD’s.  Not true, all they need is a cool well lighted window sill,  occasional dilute food and regular water[weekly]

I bought this plant at Costco about 3-4 years ago, it looked just like that when I bought it, actually it is 3 plants in one pot consequently it cost a bit more than singles, I paid $18.

Supermarkets and suchlike have started selling potted orchids at their checkout lines – impulse buys, and it’s become a big business over here. I suspect that it may be similar in UK. What amazes me about this orchid is how easily and constantly it flowers. For example, it put out several flower spikes in about March this year and it looked like this by April. It flowered continually until about two weeks ago, five months!   I pruned off the dead spikes and this week there are five new flower spikes and three of them already have several buds; I guarantee that by the end of this month they will all be in full bloom and they will also last through Christmas.

I believe this variety is called Kaliedoscope, it comes in a variety of colors plus the supermarkets are selling a range of different varieties, I have about 5-6.

So if you like to have flowers in the house look out for these, you can’t beat ’em for longevity and easy maintenance.